Hypnotic approaches to treating depression

Michael D. Yapko

in The Oxford Handbook of Hypnosis

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780198570097
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Hypnotic approaches to treating depression

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Depression has gone from being one of the least well understood to one of the best-understood disorders that clinicians are asked to treat. An impressive array of research has highlighted the extraordinary complexity of depression, and much of this research has resulted in a proliferation of clinical approaches to treatment that hold great promise for helping individuals and their families recover. This article reviews some of the most important insights derived from the research as they relate to clinical interventions, which employ hypnosis. It explains why hypnosis has historically been overlooked as a component of effective treatment. As this article states, a primary function of hypnosis in reducing depression is to facilitate the skill acquisition process. Developing relationships skills, enhancing decision-making strategies, recognizing and tolerating ambiguity, improving coping styles, and building positive expectancy are some of the specific skills known to reduce depression.

Keywords: depression; clinical approach; effective treatment; ambiguity; clinician

Article.  13039 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Research Methods in Psychology

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